http://www.shiply.com/ has been recommended a few times here… might want to give them a go. They’re not a transport company but you post an ad (apparently) on here and different companies compete for your business…
I’m guessing this rust bucket is not in roadworthy condition to ride it over? The trip is fairly doable… heck I did it on a SM - it only took 6 hours!
The bike is rideable but I have a feeling that it has recharging problems and don’t want to chance that. But for the money, it is worth the little extra investment to bring it to London.
Another things is that the seller wants cash on pock up, or 48h before the bike is picked up. I am wary that the bike may not exisit… though on the other hand I have offered to make part payment and the seller has rejected.
I would take someone who knows about bikes with you so that if its a total mess and not as advertised you can say so before parting with your cash.
I have bought off ebay before but luckily Matt spent a while checking it over for me before we left with it on a trailer.
Cant understand why they would want money 48 hours in advance. Seems a tad dodgy unless of course they have had a bad experience themselves in the past.
Plus offering 50% is a lot to hold the bike. I gave the guy £100 through paypal before I collected mine.
I would be wary of buying any bike off e bay - I remember an old Honda 1977 400/4 I decided to bid for in auction in 2007 and ‘won’ (although ‘lost’ would be a more apt expression). Went to the seller in the west country who was a lady like myself - rode the bike round the block and had a nice cup of tea, forked out the cash and got a mate to pick it up. The bike NEVER EVER WORKED AGAIN! I ended up selling it for half what I’d paid out to a guy who wanted a heap of junk as a ‘project’.
So BEWARE. There are plenty of good and cheap bikes out there not on e bay and you get what you pay for, so personally I’d stick with something a little nearer home and less dodgy sounding - unless you are a mechanic of course:)
So what stops that same person putting the same ad on Auto trader or gumtree.
I’ve got all but one vehicle I’ve owned (both cars and bikes) off ebay and TBH just use common sense. You don’t need a mechanic to know if a deal is too good to be true it generally is too good to be true.